Here’s a word that makes us look upwards! I immediately think of an eagle soaring through the air currents.Then, I think of the jet planes soaring above the clouds. I remember one day in London when it was a beautiful sunny day and I was admiring the plane lines in the clear blue sky. I sensed the Lord saying to me, ‘Would you prefer to be like a plane or an eagle?’ After I had thought about it, I considered that being an eagle would be best as it is living and not a load of metal! There’s hope for growth and change with a living thing and a bird can produce offspring and develop qualities. Also, for a bird like an eagle the rides can be effortless riding on the wind currents and it is very good at training its young, even though daunting and sometimes seeming extreme. The parallel here is that we can live life to the full as God intended for us (see John 10:10); we can produce offspring — all God’s idea! (see Genesis 1:28); we can develop the fruit of the Spirit (which is based in love — see Galatians 5:22-23); we are able to learn to abide in God, ceasing from our own works and doing only what He wants (see John 15:4); and we can be bold in our approach to parenthood, gaining insight from the Biblical Scriptures (e.g. Proverbs 19:18) even if it appears old fashioned and not in the current vogue. Surely, this is more exciting that being a mere aeroplane!
In my Christian life, I’ve known times when I have felt taken on the currents of God’s love into the heavenly places that we can only dream about most of the time. I don’t pretend to have had any out of the body experiences like the apostle Paul who seemed to have gone to a different spiritual level seeing all sorts of wonderful things as in a seventh heaven or like the teller of dreams prophet, Daniel, who saw such vivid ‘pictures’ of the future but when the world seems right and God seems near, one’s spirit can soar into God’s very presence especially as one worships God Himself.
The windsailers/windsurfers must experience bird-like happenings and see the world from a bird’s eye point of view.quite literally but as Christians we, too, are called to see the world from God’s point of view. We’re told that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places (see Ephesians 2:6) and so we can look down at what is going on on earth from Christ’s perspective. God wants each of us to soar so that we are bathed in his love continually just like the sun bursts out on us especially on a cloudless sunny day.
We can also soar in prayer to tap into God’s heart for people and situations anywhere on the planet. What a privilege is ours as we come responding to God’s invitation to come to Him at anytime about anything or anyone and simply believing, so that we can receive so much.
Maybe our young children can learn about the word ‘soar’ as opposed to ‘sore’ and realise that God has wonderful things in store for them both now and for eternity as they trust the One who enables them to soar in faith anchored in God’s word, the Bible — hence our focus on God’s word in Diamond Books..